To Scotland, With Love by Karen Hawkins
To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt
The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney
Wolf Tales 8 by Kate Douglas
Little Red Rides the Wolf by Lara Santiago
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Jane Slayre by Charlotte Bronte & Sherri Browning Erwin
Never Less Than a Lady by Mary Jo Putney
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
The Trouble with Mr Darcy by Sharon Lathan
So there are some really good books here, some terrible-awful-no-good-very-bad books, and some mediocre books. I'm only going to talk about what I liked because that sounds more interesting than just repeating "It Sucked!" over and over again. Though my friends and I have wished to say that to some writers we know lately >_>
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff was a fantastic read. I finished it before I left for Wales and it was really hard to put down. The only thing that disappointed was later finding out that the story wasn't "real". Ebershoff himself writes everything in this book, from Wikipedia information, to newspaper articles and various letters and reviews. Most startling of all was learning he wrote all the parts attributed to Ms Brigham-Young, which I had assumed were lifted from her original memoir. It was startling in the fact that Ebershoff not only creates perfect voices for all these characters but the style of the writing as well is completely different in each section. It gave many views on Mormonism and The Firsts, but what I really loved was how the author presented the idea of religion, how someone could become a part of an organization that to outsiders may seem crazy but to the people involved was perfectly normal and needed. I was happy to take off my Judgemental Cap and just try to understand.
Jane Slayre was by far more enjoyable than Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Jane fits perfectly into this Buffy-type persona, the supernatural creatures all have a depth missing in PPZ--yes, even the zombies, at least we're given background on where these unfortunates have come from, how they were integrated into society--and there's werewolves for the win! I saw the disappointing new movie version of Jane Eyre before starting this book, so I'll admit the possibility that I was biased. But I don't care. I really enjoyed this book.
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris. After her last Stackhouse novel I had given up on this series. But it was ten bucks in eFormat so I pretended to forget my previous frustration and gave this one a whirl. I was entertained, liked the new characters who really didn't take up much of the plot like in other novels in this series, and the end--while cliched or expected for the Stackhouse stories (wrapped up plot in 2 seconds, extra 'surprise' surprise ending, conflicting emotions, etc) was fine by me.
Now that it's the end of May this 200 book challenege seems a little daunting but I'm determined to do my best. Still a lot of books on my shelf :)